By the 1850s, New York City’s ports handled more goods and people than all other American ports combined. In 1855, Fernando Wood was elected as the first mayor.
An aerial perspective above Manhattan, showing the rapid change of the city's shore, skyline and developing landscape.Artist Credit: Wilhelm Heine. Reprinted with permission.
Artist's rendering of The South Street Seaport, the first pier in the area was occupied in 1625 by the Dutch West India Company.Artist Credit: A.R. Waud. Reprinted with permission.
New York's oldest public park (formerly, there was a turf present for playing lawn bowling) which is also surrounded by the oldest fence in City.Artist Credit: Charles Magnus. Reprinted with permission.
A photograph of Manhattan's City Hall. Taken by A.R. Waud in the winter of 1855.Artist Credit: A.R. Waud. Reprinted with permission.
Lithograph illustration of Chatham Square, named after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham and Prime Minister of Great Britain before the American Revolution.Artist Credit: Adam Weingartner. Reprinted with permission.
An illustrative engraving of the original Market on 6th Avenue.Artist Credit: Adam Weingartner. Reprinted with permission.
Painting of the Croton Reservoir at 42nd Street. Completed in 1842, it was the source of the city's drinking water until its demolition in the 1890s.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
A group gathered around the newly constructed monument of George Washington in Union Square, dedicated in 1856 the the oldest sculpture in any NYC Park.Artist Credit: Silas A. Holmes. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of Broadway, looking north towards A.T. Stewart's Building and Grace Church.Artist Credit: Unknown. Reprinted with permission.
Watercolor Illustration of Broadway and Vesey Street Looking South.Artist Credit: Charles A. Dana. Reprinted with permission.
Photograph of an open air clothing market beneath the train tracks in New York City. Taken by A.R.Waud in 1850Artist Credit: A.R. Waud. Reprinted with permission.
The East side of Broadway and Broome Street looking North, capturing the hum and activity of downtown Manhattan during a cold winter.Artist Credit: Silas A. Holmes. Reprinted with permission.
View of a residential neighborhood along New York's Fifth Avenue. Rows of single-family brownstones with grand front stoops line the wide corridor.Artist Credit: Silas A. Holmes. Reprinted with permission.
A view of the St. Germain Hotel on the North East Corner of 5th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets (future site of The Flatiron Building).Artist Credit: Silas A. Holmes. Reprinted with permission.
A view overlooking the Palisades, Hudson and Yonkers dockyard with railroad tracks which ran parallel to the Hudson River. Taken by Silas A. Holmes in 1855.Artist Credit: Silas A. Holmes. Reprinted with permission.
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